Hackney parking review is approved for public consultation
Hackney Council has approved plans to consult on its five-year Parking and Enforcement Plan (PEP) which guides the Council's parking-related decisions.
The PEP recommendations are a result of feedback from residents, businesses, schools and Homerton University Hospital, as well as changes to legislation, infrastructure such as new homes and roads and other recent trends which effects parking.
- A review of parking priority according to need with an emphasis on, supporting people with disabilities, Hackney residents and local businesses
- Changes to the implementation and review of Parking Zones (PZs)
- Improvements to the management of skip / highway licences and external requests for parking bays / zones
- Changes to parking permits and visitor vouchers processes
- Greater clarity in enforcement measures
- The replacement of the companion badge with a free resident permit
The consultation is due to start on 20 July and will run for 12 weeks. Residents, local businesses and visitors to the borough are encouraged to complete the consultation online, return a paper questionnaire or attend a drop in session.
“The overall aim of the proposals are to contribute to a safer and greener environment across the borough.
“There is already a greater demand for parking than there is space available, and both car ownership and Hackney’s population are increasing. Parking management can help address these issues by prioritising road users according to need and by encouraging a shift towards more sustainable forms of transport.
“The Council needs parking enforcement to be able to support people with disabilities, our residents and businesses, and to maintain both road safety and traffic flow. We believe the PEP recommends policies that are fair, robust and proportionate to enable Hackney to balance competing needs for parking.
“Through controlled parking zones and other policies to manage car use, Hackney can make a contribution to reducing the impact on climate change and improving local air quality.”
The PEP was approved for consultation at the Council’s Cabinet meeting this week. Subject to consultation it will supersede the current PEP 2010-15.
The consultation closes on 12 October 2015. The results of the consultation will be made public and all feedback will be reviewed. The PEP will then be subject to approval by the Council’s Cabinet before being published and used to guide all parking-related policies.